Firefighters in Biloxi are celebrating the opening of a new station that will provide support for the entire city.
With a single cut of the ribbon, a new facility with a big benefit to the City of Biloxi made its grand debut. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “It changes the whole dynamics of the fire department. With this station we’ll be able to put equipment here that will be able to respond that previously we had in all different areas of the city.”
The four million dollar, 13,000 square foot station 7 on Popp’s Ferry Road gives the Biloxi Fire Department a central location to house larger trucks and water rescue equipment and will also serve as a training hub for firefighters.
Station 7 serves a critical purpose all across the City of Biloxi. It comes complete with a three-story training tower that includes equipment for the firefighters to train with. “All these disciplines that they’re charged with being able to provide, they have to train for. So, yeah, we bring trucks in here from the whole city. They’ll come in and out of here,” said Chief Boney.
Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says the facility’s central location allows the department to better serve the needs of residents. “We’re within striking distance of almost every situation that could pop up.”
With the station replacing the old trailer near the site and featuring state-of-the-art offices and individual bedrooms, along with exercise and utility areas, firefighters at station 7 now have a place where they can focus on their role as first responders. “We’re really excited about the things that this brings to the table for the City of Biloxi,” said Mayor Gilich.
Chief Boney said, “It’s a big, beautiful building, but it’s just a building until you put the asset in it, the firefighters and the equipment in it, that’s what makes it.”